The ultra-lightweight (minimum weight of 1 pound 15 ounces) NEMO Hornet 2P 3-Season tent offers fast-paced minimalist-oriented backpackers a sturdy weatherproof freestanding shelter at a fraction of the bulk and weight they’d traditionally expect. The tent’s streamlined profile helps shed wind and water during bad weather and the full mesh canopy offers good ventilation in warmer weather.
Two large side-entry doors make entering and exiting the tent easier on the body and create convenient access for two people. Dual vestibules offer space to stow gear and better coverage from the rain. An internal storage pocket utilizes light-diffusing fabric to turn a headlamp (sold separately) into a lantern capable of illuminating the interior of the tent.
A single hubbed-pole design creates a unique architecture with free-standing support and minimized weight. NEMO has moved the front pole hub overhead which creates more interior volume without the need for an additional ridge pole. Corner guyout points with a unique triangulated design at the “foot” of the tent can be staked-out to maximize internal space or left un-staked for weight savings.
A raised waterproof bathtub-style floor enhances performance in poor weather and also cuts down on wear-and-tear. Fully seam taped construction and the PU-coated Sil Nylon rainfly further bolster weather protection. A custom-fit footprint (sold separately) can be used to offer additional protection against standing water rocks and roots.
Each NEMO Hornet 2P backpacking tent includes a stuff sack, guyout cord, stakes, and a repair kit.
- Two large side doors make entry/exit easier and provide easier gear access as well as more rain coverage
- Includes luxury details like the Light Pockets, volumizing guy-outs and watertight compression stuff sack
- No other 2-person freestanding tents on the market provide two doors and vestibules in the 2lb category
- Footprint sold separately
Best Use Backpacking Average Min Weight 2 lbs Average Packed Weight 2 lb 5 oz Warranty Limited Lifetime Vestibule Area 16 sq ft Sleeping Capacity 2 Seasons 3 Seam Sealed Taped Seams Pole Type DAC Featherlite NFL Aluminum Pole Diameter 8.7 mm Packed Size 19" x 5" Number of Poles 1 Other Stuff Sack Included Material Fly: 10D Sil / PU Nylon Ripstop (1200mm)
Canopy: 15D Nylon Ripstop Ripstop / No see um mesh
Floor: 15D Sil / PU Nylon Ripstop (1500mm)
Interior Height 40" Freestanding Yes Floor Dimension 85" x 51" Floor Area 28 sq ft Doors 2 Clips or Sleeves Clips
Real Customer Reviews
- Best balance of performance, weight and price
Likes: The design makes a light roomy shelter. Two people could fit in there if they are using the standard 20” pads. It is palatial for one person though. It goes up so easy. With two doors and two vestibules, in addition to convenience, increases your pitching options.
Dislikes: The head room is good but feels a little oppressive in the lower half of the tent. It is not a problem though. I think the newer models have addressed this with the spreader bars.
- So light!
Likes: This isn't a true two person tent, unless you're both skinny back sleepers or very very close. I'm a stomach/side sleeper and this is perfect for me and all my gear. I like the two doors, but it's kind of unnecessary since it's just for me. Attaching the matching footprint was a bit confusing because the front and the back are different connectors. One tent stake bent the first night using it out in the Mojave desert
Dislikes: Not a true two person tent
- Very lightweight spacious for one
Likes: I was very impressed with the build quality. The tent acually weighed one ounce less than the specification. Lightweight and spacious for one person.
- Fantastic Lightweight Tent!
Likes: Great solo tent! May be a bit tight for 2 people, but nearly perfect for 1 person. Love the divvy sack too. Makes the tent super compact when packing the poles separate.
Dislikes: Head room isn't spectacular.
- Super light, a bit tight, cost is a fright
Likes: This tent is incredibly light weight, the build quality is fantastic, the features are well-thought-out, and it packs very small. Having an opening on each side is terrific. Definitely a tight fit for two but I see this as a positive when sharing with the wife.
Dislikes: The price point is shocking for what you get. The footprint, which is really a must-have with a tent this fragile, not only adds an additional $45 to the overall cost but a significant amount of weight (when you consider the total package). That being said, the fact that the footprint is optional is probably a positive for most ultralight backpackers. The lack of cross bracing at the foot of the tent results in it not being free standing. If you don't stake this thing down you have a triangular shaped shelter. I will probably craft a cross brace to achieve this feature, the added weight will be well worth it to me.
- Great Lightweight semi-freestanding tent
Likes: Tent is only 2 pounds, thats insane! It has all the perks of a full freestanding tent setup, but ridiculously lightweight. Jake's feet allow one person to set up, since two of the three pole ends lock into place. Two doors allow for ease of entry/exit for two people as well as two gear lodges. My partner and I are under 5'7" and we find this tent perfect for us. Pockets, light diffuser pocket are also a plus.
Dislikes: Not exactly 100% freestanding since you are required to stake out to achieve tension. This is technically only an issue if you only hike in fair weather, but on days where it is perfect and sunny and not windy, you still need to spend the time staking it out to achieve maximum footprint and really tension-ing it out. Anyone taller than 5'7" I imagine would have an issue really fitting in here. I appreciate the size (since "average" sized gear is usually too big for me) but anyone else might find it a bit small with two people. Tent pockets get weighed down and end up sagging onto your leg - this can easily be solved if there was another loop to pull the tent bottom out and create a wider footprint, it can even be guy lined out to the stake that you are putting in the ground anyway for the rain fly. The "ventilation" at the head of the tent is questionable...I haven't tested it out in hard, windy rain yet but I am not sure this was the best solution for ventilation as you are essentially left with a single barrier to protect you, and anything you leave around your head will most likely touch the tent and transfer heat/cold/wet.
- Perfect for Boy Scout Backpacking
Likes: Super light weight, easy & quick setup, 2 side doors- no climbing over someone to get to bed, easy to divide and share the load between 2 Scouts.
Dislikes: Would be tight with 2 adults, but I bought this for my young Boy Scout and he will have plenty of room to share with a buddy.
Likes: easy to set up, light, two doors are a must so you aren't crawling over each other
- Good quality and lightweight. Comfortable for one person, not for two.
Likes: Super light
Dislikes: Less roomy
- Cozy Backpacking Tent
*Easy to set up
This tent has been through a couple rain storms and although the rain fly seemed to absorb a bit of water we stayed dry.
Dislikes: The high bathtub of the tent prevents a little airflow on really hot days.
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